Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thinking of You Card With Dyed Paper Daisies

Thinking of You card with dyed paper daisy

Hi Friends! This Thinking of You card combines two new Stampin' Up! products with a returning favorite plus several quick and fun techniques.

Yesterday I mentioned I'd be featuring flowers this week in honor of Summer's official arrival. Today's card features a perennial favorite: Paper Daisies. No groaning over the pun please and thank you.

You may be thinking: "Wait. Aren't those Paper Daisies plain white in the catalog?" Well yes they are, but guess what? Did you know you can stamp them, dye them, heat emboss, dry emboss, and like probably 50 other things? Well now, doesn't that sound like crafty fun!!

To recreate this flower you'll need 5 flowers of the same size - using the second smallest size in the package. Lay one flower flat on your work surface. Add a drop of liquid glue to the center (about the size of a pencil eraser). Fold each of the remaining four flowers in half and then in half again. Place each quartered flower on your base flower with the point in the middle in the glue. Allow to dry a few minutes.

HIP TIP: Use this technique with any size flower. The bigger the flower base, the more folded flowers you'll need.

Dimensional flower created from delicate paper daisies

Flowers need water, so let's give it a bath! A dye bath that is. In a small, empty container with a lid, pour in about one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol (water works too). Add a few drops of Riding Hood Red reinker, and swirl gently to mix. Fluff your flower a bit, then drop it in the dye bath. Put the lid on and swirl and shake until the entire flower is wet. Pluck your flower from the container (maybe use tweezers) and set on paper towels to dry. Speed drying time by using a Heat Tool. Adhere paper flowers to your projects using Glue Dots.

HIP TIP: Create any color flower using this method and ink pad refill bottles. Add more or less drops of ink to vary the color intensity. Really short on time? This flower looks gorgeous in white too!

Note: Thanks to Stampin' Up! for both of these cool ideas which were featured in the July issue of Stampin' Success, our exclusive magazine for demonstrators full of tips, tricks, great feature articles and fabulous project ideas. Get yours now by joining!
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Dry embossed chevron pattern inked using a brayer

One more quick technique: Brayered Chevron pattern. Thanks to the new Chevron Embossing Folder, creating this look only takes a minute or two. Simply emboss card stock using the folder as usual, then lay it on a smooth, flat work surface. Next, ink up a brayer and roll it across the card stock. I used Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock for a subtle tone on tone look. It still makes the Chevron pattern pop! For more dramatic results, use a contrasting color of ink when brayering.

Did you notice the contrasting zig-zag trim? Created in seconds with the new Finishing Touches Edgelits and the Big Shot.

Like one of these techniques? Have a question? I love to read your comments! Hello? tap ... tap ... is this thing on?


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Sweet Essentials (W-126455, C-126457)
Ink: Crumb Cake (126975), Midnight Muse (126860), Riding Hood Red Refill (111839)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Midnight Muse (126843)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127749), Finishing Touches Edgelits (127010), Brayer (102395)
Accessories: Paper Daisies (119243), Calypso Coral Baker's Twine (125573), Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)


  1. WOW!! This card is totally awesome and I love all the different techniques you used here too!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #69 with a link back to your blog on 6-24-12. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Have a great day!!
    Tiffany Bauer

    1. Thanks again, Tiffany! Dying the flowers was totally fun - you should give it a try!

  2. Great card and terrific techniques. Thanks for the step-by-step. You make it sound so easy to do!

  3. Thank you Kitty! Very easy and fun too.


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